Singapore has inaugurated one of the largest floating solar panels in the world. The panel was inaugurated on Wednesday in the country’s coastal areas to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The project of 1 lakh 22 thousand panels is equal to 45 football fields. The amount of electricity that will be generated from here will be able to run five water treatment plants in the country.
The decision to install floating solar panels was made mainly due to space constraints in the Southeast Asian country, according to a Reuters report. The island nation is already under threat from rising sea levels due to climate change.
As a result, Singapore has had to take urgent steps to reduce carbon emissions. Although many say there is a substantial lack of authority to implement the plan as promised. The country has set a target of quadrupling solar power generation by 2025 to play a role in mitigating climate change.
Simbocorp Industries has implemented a sea panel project at sea in Singapore. It is located in a reservoir in western Singapore. PUB and Simbcorp, Singapore’s national water companies, claim that the solar power plant will be able to reduce carbon emissions by 32 kilotons per year. This means that removing seven thousand cars from the road will reduce the amount of carbon.
Simbcorp claims that floating panels are 5 to 15 times more efficient than conventional rooftop solar panels. This is because the water cools and no shadow of the building affects it.
PUB said the project has no negative impact. Especially wildlife and water means it has no effect.
Jane Tan, head of solar at Southeast Asia at Simbcorp Industries, said the solar panels were designed to allow air to flow and allow sunlight to enter the water.
Electricity will be available from this solar panel for more than 25 years. It will be assisted by drones in maintenance. In addition to Simbocorp’s solar panels, Singapore is currently building four more floating solar power plants.